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Honda CB Twister – review

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If you want to be a real heavy weight player in Indian motor bike market, you cannot ignore the mass segment. It is where the real number games are played. Hero Honda with it’s flagship model Splendor has been the the market leader in the mass segment for a long time. Now, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the 100% owned 2-wheeler subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company, Japan has decided to take on its Indian partner in this popular segment with its latest offering CB Twister.

The Looks:

When someone says sub 110 cc category, what comes in mind is a boring, plain looking, high mileage bike. Time to unwind such image because Twister is a real head turner in its category. Living up to the style aspirations of Indian customers, Honda has taken a cue from its international stunner Honda CB1000R and has adapted it to the Indian price and performance sensibilities.

First the colors. The bike comes in 5 different colors – Black, blue, green, yellow and red (Pearl night star black, Pearl fiji blue, candy palm green, electric yellow metallic, pearl siena red)

colors

Personally, I liked Yellow and Red. Black was kind of normal.

head-n-tank

Now let’s come to the body. Honda CB Twister has set a new benchmark in styling in its category. The look is an outright stunner. Very aerodynamic, a muscular tank, a sporty look, screenless front cowl, trendy sharp rear with a compact muffler, unique grab rail design and a sporty silencer gives a peppy, eye candy look to the bike.

The tech features:

  • CB Twister is packed with a 4 stroke, air cooled 109 cc engine delivering 9 bhp @ 8000 rpm.
  • The bike weighs 108 kg and has a good ground clearance.
  • The fuel tank capacity is 8 litres.
  • Tubeless tyres (both front and bike)
  • Trendy alloy wheels
  • The top end comes even with a disc brake (but I am not sure if a 110 cc bike really needs a disc brake)
  • It has both kick start as well as self start.
  • The instrumental panel is conventional and basic.

The performance:


The bike is very aerodynamic and has a very good seating posture that aids in a comfortable ride. The mounting of the engines and the design, Mass forward proportion as Honda mentions, adds stability to the bike and instills confidence in you while riding. Honda CB Twister will be the best in class in terms of acceleration & pick up. In fact, I was surprised with the great pick up and acceleration the 109 cc engine gave. Even while cornering, the bike is smooth and gives a confident stability and command over it.

The mileage: This is the more important factor of the bikes in this class, company claims a 70 Km per litre in city riding conditions which is good enough.

Price: The crucial factor when it comes to this segment. The base model starts at Rs. 41,850 and the top end model is priced at Rs.44,850 (Ex-showroom price, Delhi). With the looks and the performance the machine offers it is quiet a good deal.

Drawbacks:

  • No provision for helmet lock in the rear.
  • No parking lights.
  • The top end comes with a disc brake but I feel they could have included a digital instrument panel instead.

GingerChai Verdict: Honda has given a new definition to the base segment of Indian motor bikes. The bike is definitely the most stylish bike of its class. The performance of the bike is also very good and with the brand name of Honda, it is definitely a bike to be taken very serious.

0 20 February, 2010 Cars & Bikes February 20, 2010

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A passionate car and bike enthusiast from Bangalore, Sanjiv drives the fast and fair lane and fills our cup with his car and bike reviews.

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38 comments

    1. Mano

      I am thinking about back seat only.
      Is it suitable for ladies?..especially when they wear saree..
      Why I am asking this question is the back seat is too high?

  1. Mano

    I am thinking about back seat(mean for second person to sit) only.
    Is it suitable for ladies?..especially when they wear saree..
    Why I am asking this question is.. the back seat looks too high?

    1. Sanjiv

      Hi Mano. Yes, the back seat is absolutely suitable and comfortable for pillion driving with ladies. It is not too high, I would say Honda has got their facts and acts right considering the Indian requirements in mind.

  2. kk

    :-) thanks for the review.
    btw does this bike require 3 services to gove 70kmpl?????
    i read in som review that at first it gives 30 40 mileage:(
    i want a bike with good mileage.
    iam confused between pulsar 135 and twister. though twister is better i think. but i hav many doubts.
    pulsar135 is useless i think. taking a bajaj bike is like playing gamble. bajaj is running on only pulsars :-|

    1. Lakshmi Rajan

      I doubt it gives 30-40 kms initially, though yes till the first 2-3 services bikes take a dip in mileage till the engines get tuned properly and adjusted. Between 135 and twister, i would suggest twister.

  3. venkat

    hi,
    Is this bike suitable for 50 years old person. And how about back tire. Many people saying it is very thin enough for skidding.

  4. Grant Atthowe

    I’m really loving the blog, and hope this, as well as the excellent article some other people have written, will help somebody

  5. dibish

    hello sir i have purchased honda cb twister and
    i just want to ask as the back tire is very thin can it be changed to pulsar’s back tire can some one tell me wat can be the cost of this tire

  6. leo

    hi!i have bought twister and its mileage in city is 57. it looks awesome. pick up is great .service is easy. gear shifting is the best in this segment and clutch is butter smooth. 4 months have been great since i rode the bike. seats are comfortable. it gives more power than many 125cc bikes

  7. faiz

    Hi Friend
    CB TWISTER bike is a very bad bike, I am facing a problam last six month Its a very common problem is chanset, head light, back shoker, and tyre sleep so Please donot Purchage this bike. becouse honda says every 8000km changs the chanset

  8. Kshitij Dahal

    I have owned cb twister before 2months.. every thing is going great .. I read above that the mileage is below 60..it is totally wrong. It is giving 70-75 kmpl at every instance.. i am feelingthat i have bought a very good bike.. so..frens dont be late and ride your own twister..

    @ Admin: I want to change the rear tyre.. it is now 80/100.. which should i change? I want tubeless MRF tyre/..please suggest me…thanks is advance..

  9. ashok kumar jain

    in next week m going to buy a bike. Twister is my choice bcose of trust on honda only as v r already using honda activa for the last 10 years….very trusted brand. bt rear tyre don’t looks impressive as compare to pulsar-150. pls cleare me why chain set is a problem in twister n why it should b changed after 8000 Km running.

  10. ashok kumar jain

    Next week m going to buy a bike. Twister is my choice bcose of trust on honda only as v r already using honda activa for the last 10 years….very trusted brand. bt rear tyre don’t looks impressive as compare to pulsar-150. pls cleare me why chain set is a problem in twister n why it should b changed after 8000 Km running.

  11. Nani

    Hi guys…
    i have taken this bike newly..
    its awesome and good looking with great style.
    and good mileage as well.
    u gonna rock with this bike……..
    u wont leave it once u will drive. :yes:

  12. Dada of Dahiwadi

    Hi, I have just purchased this bike, and I found this awesome……….most awesome that I got mileage of about 80 kmpl right from I rode it from showroom to my home. Pickup is very good……….and the same for comfort while riding….overall, I found this bike more ahead than Hero Honda branded “cycles” really. This bike has won some awards and we can think why it is so……..now we can say that there is option available for bikes to have other than Hero Honda in terms of mileage. I am very happy with this bike.

  13. parvez

    nice review by sanjiv.. i like dis byk nd going 2 buy soon.. bt i want 2 know about will the mileage after 3 services.. plz reply asap..

  14. parvez

    nice review by sanjiv.. i like dis byk nd going 2 buy soon.. bt i want 2 know about the mileage after 3 services.. plz reply asap..

  15. gannie

    very very nice bike for single ride…… but stil better than other bike. dont listen to any one. it has 65+ city milage. nice pick up n nice look also…….

  16. manoj

    twister is highly disappointing battery almost does not work i get it replaced but if u don’t use it on sunday it will not self start on monday and it gives unusuall jerks on certain spped

  17. Bikerz Bapan

    I want to modify Twister’s its silencer & want to replace the rear tyre with a fat tyre. Plz tell me which tyre would be good & Price of the modification.
    Plz write bapandb8@gmail.com.

  18. Chandu

    On reference to the above comments, i found that the rear Tyre is not to impressive….As i wish to own this bike, please let me know the alternative to this… thank you.

  19. Rajkumar chaudhary

    Hey,I bought this bike and found that the rear tyre is so thin to slage on roads and looks too odd for its bold design.can rear tyre be bold ?

  20. diginode

    I am not any biased but says real facts. I purchase CB twister after read many review and writes what I get after 1st service.

    1. Very stylish look choice able to youngest.
    2. Head Lamp powerful than ordinary 100cc bike advantage for night rider.
    3. Pickup good and u can ride 20kms/hr at 4th gear-no problem.
    4. At this time I get 71km/lit millage (resv to resv with 14 times fly over crossing in 100kms road)
    5. No vibration till 55-60 km/hr speed.

    problem I face.
    1. Very skidding in nature if u use sudden brake accident must occur.
    2. Poor gear performance, some times slipping or locking.
    3. There no pass switch. problem for night rider.
    4. sometimes hi/lo push switch fail and lock.
    5. There is no position to mount side hook to marketing carry bag.
    6. Kick start is very hardy and Steffie in nature.

  21. Atiqur Rahman

    I had just purchased honda twister and m facing probleb of skidding. if i use sudden breaks back tyres skid. though they are not too risky but tell me the solution

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